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We hope this becomes a dependency. Strange thing for a therapist to say. But we are dependent on God for life and peace and joy. Spending time with Him every day (imagining these vignettes) will enhance your life and growth as nothing else can.

 

Misinformation about God is rampant out there today. This is good stuff--agreeing with the best interpretation you can put on Scripture.

 

  Below, Love's Playbook, Arla's new series, is the first interpretive version of the Bible -- it's God's love story like you've never read it--written to keep you reading! (Images are Amazon linked )

 

By Arla, Aug 2 2019 01:00AM

Jesus loves Capernaum. It comes to be known as "his city," and its situation is a convenient center for his message. Being on the road that runs between Damascus, Jerusalem, Egypt and the Mediterranean, he can mingle with rich and poor, Jew or Gentile, either in their leisure or their business. From here his words and works will be carried to many countries.


Alive with beauty on the shore of Galilee, the area revitalizes Jesus with its orchards and vineyards, green fields and profusion of bright flowers.


No matter the warnings of the Sanhedrin, when it is known that Jesus is there, the synagogue is packed, with many standing outside. After the officer's son was healed, his family were transparent about their faith and brought many to see Jesus.


His tone is clear and lively, full of love and compassion. His words are simple and full of hope. They break the spell of business-as-usual, and while not ignoring daily life, he teaches that it is secondary to heaven's priorities--that a relationship with God improves all of life. He talks with authority, as one who knows God intimately and is conscious of heaven's reality, and "not as the scribes".


People love listening to Jesus. His sweet, sympathetic attitude shows in every look of his face, every tone of his voice, and draws people to Him. Even in the midst of enemies, the peace and love that surround him touch everyone whose heart is not hardened by unbelief.


Matthew 4:13-16, Luke 4:32


By Arla, Jul 25 2019 01:00AM

Jesus’ heart aches when he hears about John.


He knows their disciples will not understand John's call to martyrdom for the sake of thousands who will die for their faith. Spirit shows him that some, in dungeons for years, will be greatly comforted by the memory of John's imprisonment and death.


Jesus takes John's disciples to the desert to grieve.


Satan had schemed against John to discourage Jesus, but Jesus knows John is free from chains and pain—beyond Satan's reach.


God knows that we wouldn't choose to rewrite our stories, if we could see the end from the beginning as He does, and comprehend our glorious calling to help vindicate His character.


Now Jesus goes to the people in Galilee who are generally more receptive than the scholars and religious zealots. Jesus comes saying, “The kingdom of God is here now; turn, see and believe the graciousness of your God.”


Ironically, those who studied the prophecies, mapping a timeline to Messiah, were the most closed. Jesus so loves the Jews and wants them to fulfill their privileged purpose.


They have studied Daniel's prophecy,* but they haven't understood Gabriel's explanation:


“Four-hundred and ninety years are given to your people to accept their destiny... Understand that from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, (457 BC)** until Messiah, shall be 483 years (27 AD—Jesus baptism). In the middle of the remaining seven, Messiah will be killed, not for himself...”***


God's call to Jewish leaders included honoring them as first to recognize God's graciousness in Jesus, and offering them the privilege of presenting their Messiah to the world.

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Matthew 14:12-13, Mark 1:14-15, *Daniel 9:21-27, **Artaxerxes Longimanus gave the last decree to rebuild in 457 BC, Ezra 6:14, *** 69 prophetic weeks is the same as 483 years, one week is seven years (see one day = one year in prophecy, Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6)



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